What is WEEE waste?
WEEE stands for Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment, and whatever your business, it’s highly likely you’ll have some. Current regulations specify the following as recyclable electronic waste;
- Large Appliances; microwaves, fridges, dishwashers and cookers.
- Small Appliances; clocks, toasters and irons.
- Telecommunications and IT; telephones, calculators and computers. ·
- Lighting; including fluorescent lighting and LED
- Electronic Tools; lawnmowers, saws and sewing machines.
- Leisure Equipment; games consoles and gym equipment.
- Medical Equipment; Electronic hospital equipment such as cardiology equipment.
- Alarms and Temperature Controls; smoke alarms, fire alarms and heating regulators. ·
- Dispensers; Vending machines and coffee machines.
- Most products that have a plug or need a battery.
These regulations are due to be updated in 2019.
What is WEEE recycling?
WEEE recycling is a very specialist part of the waste and recycling industry, and Gaskells aims to recycle and reuse as much WEEE as possible. Every year in the UK, it’s estimated a staggering 2 million tonnes of WEEE waste is not recycled. This is bad for the environment as it either goes to landfill or for incineration. WEEE waste can contain hazardous materials and when this happens, those substances are released and pollute the air and ground.
The WEEE Directive to increase rates of WEEE recycling and re-use became European Law in 2003. Those regulations were brought into the UK in 2006, then made law here in January 2014. The aim is to reduce the amount of WEEE waste going straight to landfill.
Responsibilities when it comes to WEEE waste and recycling
It is important whether you are selling electronic devices or are a company looking to dispose of your own electronic waste that you know your responsibilities. If you sell them you must provide a simple way for your customers to recycle their old or used electronic items. This can be easily done by providing a take-back service, Gaskells will then be on hand to collect these items from your store and recycle them responsibly. If you’re unsure of your responsibilities, Gaskells can give you advice.
Special Guidance / Hazards
WEEE Recycling is a very specialist part of the waste and recycling industry, and here at Gaskells, we’re proud to say we and our WEEE recycling partner are experts at it. We have a highly trained team who can advise you on whether your WEEE waste is hazardous or not, and tell you the best ways to store it before we come to collect it. It’s extremely important you do not attempt to dismantle any electronic equipment yourself, as many items can contain harmful fluids and substances
If you’re hoping to recycle printers, copiers or fax machines please remove any toner, liquids or pastes. You can leave these in separate clearly labelled containers for Gaskells collection.
Why you should choose Gaskells for your WEEE waste disposal.
With our WEEE recycling partner, Gaskells are experts in WEEE recycling and re-use with having more than 25 years’ experience. Gaskells are here to provide a friendly, reliable and professional service, best suited to your business needs. If you are disposing of electronic equipment and are unsure of your responsibilities, we can provide friendly advice and a tailor made and environmentally friendly solution.
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